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Personal and Professional Development Subcommittee

Women in IP Law Personal & Professional Development Subcommittee
A Message from our Chair
Thank you for your interest in AIPLA’s Women in IP Law Personal & Professional Development Subcommittee! Our goal is to provide opportunities and activities for women in IP to grow personally and professionally. Accordingly, we organize a variety of activities such as:
•    The Lean In Circle, 
•    The Book Club, 
•    The Speaker Bank,
•    The Women to Watch Series,
•    The TSC Liaison Program, and
•    The Collaboration Program.
Information about each of these activities is provided below. If you would like additional information and/or to get involved, please contact me any time at your convenience.
Jessica Ergmann
Massachusetts, USA
Phone: 1.978.379.7133
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The Lean In Circle

AIPLA’s Women in IP Law Committee joined the emerging Lean In community by launching its own Lean In Circle in January 2014. We provide a forum for peers to learn about and discuss a range of fascinating topics related to empowering women at home and in the workplace. We currently have over 200 members, both men and women, who participate in our monthly meetings, where each month, we invite a speaker to lead our discussion – see past topics/speakers listed below. New members welcome! 

Our next presentation:

How to Create an Integrated Career Path

July 28, 2017 | 11:00 am [EST]

Speaker: Jessica DeGroot, Founder and President, ThirdPath Institute

Jessica DeGroot will be speaking on how to create an integrated career path by prioritizing life alongside work in our 24/7 business environment. DeGroot sees an integrated career path as an opportunity to move ahead at work while also creating time and energy for your family and other life passions.  Joining DeGroot on this call will be two leaders with whom she works. They will outline some of the skills working professionals leaders use to support integration at work and the important changes they made at home.

Contact Jessica Lancia at with any questions.​ 

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Past Topics and Speakers
1.       Power and Influence (Lean In lecture)
2.       Creating a level playing field (Lean In lecture)
3.       Managing difficult conversations (Lean In lecture)
4.       Rethinking time (Lean In lecture)
5.       Knowing your strengths (Lean In lecture)
6.       Negotiation (Lean In lecture)
7.       Be your own hero (Lean In lecture)
8.       Stories (Lean In lecture)
9.       Recap of 2015 MWI Breakfast Panel – Lean In/Lean Out (Jessica Ergmann)
10.   Teams (Lean In lecture)
11.   Economics of well-being (Lean In lecture)
12.   Drinks Among Friends organization (Megan Belcher)
13.   Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project (Trisha Ross)
14.   The Bigger Game (Peg Wallis)
15.   Pitching to diverse clients (Stewart Hirsch)
16.   Max/Fran – Gender Differences (Caroline Turner and Stewart Hirsch)
17.   Identifying your strengths (Lisa Hart)
18.   The Sandwich Generation (Amie Peele Carter)
19.   Unconscious Bias (Caroline Turner and Stewart Hirsch)
20.   Fidelity’s Women in Leadership Program (Maura Hunter)
21.   Knowing how the money works (Amie Peele Carter)
22.   Mom Hacks/Tips (Carey Jordan, Lacy Kolo and Amy Schmid)
23.   Finding Authentic Boldness (Deb Knupp)
Interested in Joining?
Contact our Chair, Jessica Ergmann.
Jessica Ergmann
Massachusetts, USA
Phone: 1.978.379.7133
The Book Club
With the relaunch of our Book Club, we provide a new forum for members to interact together on a new platform. Every quarter, the Book Club discusses an interesting read and members share their thoughts and opinions via teleconference. The Book Club is low commitment but a great avenue to connect with others. New members welcome!
Interested in Joining?
Contact our Chair, Justine Gozzi
Justine Gozzi
Baker Botts, LLP
New York, USA
Phone: 1.212.408.2598
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The Speaker Bank
The Women in IP Law Committee began working with AIPLA in June 2014 to increase participation by our members in the AIPLA educational programs as speakers and moderators at stated meetings, seminars and webinars, by creating a Speaker Bank. The Speaker Bank is a database of our members who are interested in speaking and/or moderating, and today we have over 150 potential speakers and moderators, and we have assisted in placing speakers and moderators for numerous AIPLA events.
Interested in Joining?
Contact our Chair, Jessica Ergmann
Jessica Ergmann
Massachusetts, USA
Phone: 1.978.379.7133
The Women to Watch Series
The Women in IP Law Committee introduced the Women to Watch Series in January 2016. Each quarter, we feature one of our members, nominated by a peer, highlighting, in her own words, her personal and professional development. This program inspires our members to help women and allows us to get to know our members. These fabulous Women to Watch will be published on all Women in IP social media sites, as well as our blog.
Interested in Learning More?
Contact our Chair, Amy Schmid
Amy Schmid
Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, LLP
Washington DC, USA
Phone: 1.202.721.8210
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The TSC Liaison Program
The TSC Liaison Program links members of AIPLA’s target committees with its substantive committees to promote a diverse group working on important issues facing AIPLA today. The Women in IP Law Committee initiated a program to encourage its members to take on this important role so that we can provide updates on their activities at each stated meeting. We are currently looking for liaisons for many of the substantive committees.
Interested in Becoming a Liaison?
Contact our Chair, Arlene Neal
Arlene Neal
Neal Blibo, LLP
Washington DC, USA
Phone: 1.202.595.1520
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The Collaboration Program
AIPLA, through the Women in IP Law Committee, will collaborate with various organizations having a shared passion for promoting women. To date, the committee has met with the USPTO, the ABA, and the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) to discuss potential collaborative activities.
Our first collaboration event will be the 2016 AIPLA Women in IP Cares Community Service Event, organized with the Women in IP Law Outreach Subcommittee. More information on the Women in IP Cares Community Service Event can be found HERE.
Galya Blachman
AbbVie, LLC
California, USA
Phone: 1.650.741.9675
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Cassie Gourash
Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
Washington DC, USA
Phone: 1.202.640.6412
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Jessica Lancia
Florida, USA
Phone: 1.855.229.9090
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